This World Backup Day (31 March), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is urging all Australians to back up their important files. Valuable data such as your photos, documents and financial records can be lost instantly, so it is essential to back it up regularly before it’s too late.
What are the risks of not backing up?
Our devices hold a great deal of our data, but if your device is damaged, lost, or destroyed, your data may be lost. Whether it’s because of hardware failure, theft, accidental damage, or your device being infected with a virus, recovering data can be expensive and sometimes even impossible.
One minor accident, like spilling a drink on your device or clicking on a malicious link, could mean losing your data.
That is why it’s so important to schedule regular backups. It will give you peace of mind that you can restore your data if something goes wrong.
How do I back up my data?
Backing up is different for everyone. Some simple steps you can take are:
- Choose what data to include in your backup – Think about what you want to keep safe. It may be your most important files, or it may be an entire system.
- Decide how to back up your data – There are different ways. You could use a cloud backup service, an external storage device, or a combination.
- Maintain a regular backup routine – Decide whether it is daily, weekly or monthly.
- Set automatic backups – It will reduce the burden of manually creating them each time.
- Secure your backups – They contain personal or sensitive information. You should protect them like any other copy of your data.
- Check that your backups work – Testing you can restore your data will give you peace of mind.
Do you need help backing up your data?
Working in a cloud-based business means our team is well-versed in thorough and secure system backups and business continuity solutions for any unexpected downtime. If you need help setting up a backup and data recovery system that works for your business, get in touch today!